Wednesday, July 25, 2012
American Heart Association Central presents service, distinguished leadership awards
The American Heart Association presented awards to Lexington’s Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Shul and Don Fishback for their leadership and service to reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke in Central Kentucky.
The Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Heart Association recently presented Don Fishback with the Franklin Moosnick Service Award, the local chapter’s highest volunteer honor.
Additionally, the American Heart Association presented Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl with the distinguished leadership award in recognition of her service as Central Kentucky Board President as well as a major advocate for the Smoke-Free Kentucky campaign. This award is presented to those who initiate successful events or substantially improve existing events and was made to recognize truly outstanding efforts and quality of service.
Fishback has been a volunteer with the Central Kentucky chapter for 17 years. He lost his father, an uncle, and both grandfathers to heart disease. His father was his greatest inspiration until he died from a fatal heart attack. Fishback was so affected by his loss that he decided to volunteer with the American Heart Association to work towards finding a cure for heart disease. Fishback wrote a best-selling book, Options for Beginners, and donated every cent of his profits, over $100,000, to the American Heart Association in his father’s name.
Dr. Cerel-Suhl graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1991. Since then, she has gained experience in FDA clinical research trials and undergraduate clinical teaching. She also writes on healthcare issues.
Dr. Cerel-Suhl began her role as American Heart Association Central Kentucky Board President in June 2009, and will finish her second two year term in June 2013. During her time as president, she has focused her efforts on fundraising, outreach, advocacy, and awareness. Her most significant impact has been in advocacy for House Bill 289, which proposes a ban on indoor smoking in public places and work places statewide.
From the American Heart Association